California Executive Director
Stuart heads up our California operations, which include the Los Angeles programs and getting San Francisco programs up and running. He is currently devoting his efforts to growing Play Rugby California after a successful first season in San Francisco.
Los Angeles Program Director
Dallen Stanford joined the Los Angeles branch in October 2011. He has helped develop the sustainability of the program from 6 to 135 schools over the last five years, as well as increasing female participation from 30% to 43%.
Dallen is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, and has been heavily involved in the rugby community since meeting his wife Verity in America in 2004. Dallen played 54 matches for the USA 7s Eagles, participating in 13 tournaments on the HSBC Sevens World Series, including the 2009 Sevens World Cup in Dubai. He has served as Media Manager for USA Rugby at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and 2013 Sevens World Cup in Russia. Dallen captained the USA Rugby team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel (winning Gold in 7s and Bronze in 15s) as well as the 2015 Pan American Maccabiah Games (winning Gold in 7s and Silver in 15s). Dallen has become one of the most recognized rugby commentators in the United States, and was involved on the HSBC Sevens World Series broadcast for the Las Vegas, Vancouver and Atlanta events. Dallen is the Show Host for The Rugby Channel, is the co-founder of SoCal Rugby Camps and promotes rugby through his own website The Rugby Corner.
San Francisco Project Manager
Anthony began his rugby playing career in college at Ohio University. As a senior he was captain and team MVP while helping OU achieve a national ranking of 18th in the country for collegiate division 2. He began his coaching career at Play Rugby USA in 2011 through the Coach Across America program and continues to work and coach with the organization. He started with Play Rugby USA in New York before moving to the Golden State to develop rugby in the Bay Area.
Coach Across America M&E Social Media Coordinator.
Ashley began her Rugby playing career when introduced to the game at a practice that took place at Westside High School, a club team in NYC. As a high school junior she became captain and was also selected to play for the Play Rugby USA Academy. Diaz began her coaching career as a Youth Development Mentor with Play Rugby USA in New York City in 2012.
Determined to follow through with her dream, Diaz got a scholarship to Notre Dame College and helped her team go D1 in 2015. During the Summer of 2016, she played for Old Blue Womens and is now in the West Coast helping the Play Rugby USA family in San Francisco through the Coaches Across America program. Diaz states, “To give good use of the values my coaches planted within me wherever i go, and to go forward with everything i do in life is my goal”.